12 Pastry Recipes Perfect For Mother’s Day Brunch

Sweet or savory pastries are perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime. Check out this Pastry Recipes roundup for some delicious and easy brunch ideas.

12 Pastry Recipes

Sweet and Savory – Perfect for Mother’s Day or Anytime

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so do something special for the mom’s in your life. How about hosting a brunch? When celebrating you want things to be delicious, impressive, and tasty. Believe me, when I say not only do these amazing pastry recipes deliver, they are quick and easy too!

So, take your pick from among these sweet or savory pastries, or even go with a combination. Everyone will love your brunch.

Sweet Pastry Recipes

Chocolate Croissants in 20 minutes from Kat and Melinda @ Home Made Interest

A flaky golden outside and a melted chocolate inside make this easy Chocolate Croissant recipe one of my favorites!”

30 Minute Orange Knots from Amy @ Little Dairy On The Prairie

30 Minute Orange Knotts – semi-homemade orange rolls are a favorite no fuss morning pastry that always impresses guests! They are pretty, bursting with orange flavor, and quick!”

Puff Pastry Nutella Apple Roses from Kathleen @ Hapa Nom Nom

Super flaky puff pastry, rich and creamy Nutella, and sweet apples rolled into beautiful rose-shapes. They’re deceptively easy to make and totally delicious!”

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts from Marion @ Life Tastes Good

Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts make an impressive dessert perfect for special occasions, such as Mother’s Day. The cutest little pastry puff encases my incredibly easy-to-make Luscious Lemon Curd topped off with a sweet and juicy blackberry.”

Mom’s Cream Horn (Trubochki) Recipe from Natasha @ Natasha’s Kitchen

You don’t have to wait for a party to make these puff pastry cream horns. They are easy and super impressive.”

Lemon Chiffon Roulade from Shirl @ Baker Sweet Maker

…I made a home-y version of Lemon Chiffon Roulade. Made with a filling of Lemon Mascarpone Mousse and served with a mix of berries, it makes a great combination for Mother’s Day, but also for anytime.”

Raspberry Almond Scones from Maria and Josh @ Two Peas & Their Pod

Raspberry Almond Scones – a sweet treat for breakfast, brunch, or any time of the day!”

French Apricot Tart Recipe from Tina @ Fusion Craftiness

French tart dough is a great start to building those skills and that is why I love French tarts!  I even succeeded on the first try!”

Savory Pastry Recipes

Mini Puff Pastry Quiche from Georgia @ The Comfort Of Cooking

Bake a batch of mini puff pastry quiche for Mother’s Day, or for a special spring brunch any weekend!”

Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid from Manali @ Cook With Manali

Wow your guests at your next party with this easy Mashed Potato Puff Pastry Braid! Super easy to make with minimal ingredients and prep time but high on flavor!”

Easy Asparagus Tart from Erin @ Well Plated

One of my favorite writers describes the wait for spring as, ‘waiting for asparagus.’ I’d like to update her portrayal to, ‘waiting for Easy Asparagus Tart.'”

Easy Puff Pastry Ham and Cheese Quiche from Ashley @ The Recipe Rebel

Puff pastry makes this Ham and Cheese Quiche so easy! No dough to prep, just press into the pan, fill and bake — perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any holiday brunch!”

 

I hope you have enjoyed this pastry recipes roundup and found some inspiration for hosting your own celebration. But remember, these pastries are not just for special occasions, they are for anytime!

 

If you like these recipes, you may also try this Easy Creme Brulee Recipe!

 

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Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner – Recipes

This post, Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheTalkOfTheTable #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older.

Do you love the holidays? If you are anything like me, you do. And I so enjoy hosting fabulous celebrations with family and friends. But, this busy time of year can be a little stressful. One way to slow down the hectic go, go, go, is with a relaxing date night for you and your honey. So, I am going to show you how to have a romantic dinner for two with Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois wines.

Date Night – A Romantic Holiday Dinner

Starts with Barilla & Clos du Bois

The holidays take us in all sorts of directions. Between cleaning, decorating, shopping. planning and scheduling festivities, and everyday life, there is no busier time of year. But, dinner must happen and making time to share the joys of the season with your special someone is something that should happen.

Luke and I have been crazily trying to finish a few home projects before our big Thanksgiving feast with family. So, when we had the opportunity to have a special evening together, we took advantage, and pasta and wine were definitely on the menu.

Pasta and wine find its way to our table year round. It is so versatile and so easy to prepare. It is a perfect way to make any occasion special, and date night is just one. When pasta is on my menu, I reach for the authentic Italian brand I trust, Barilla. It’s high-quality and great taste is simple, wholesome, and the #1 choice of Italy.

Barilla Angel Hair Pasta was on our holiday date night menu along with filet mignon with a mushroom cabernet sauvignon sauce, herbed carrots, and sautéed kale with cranberries and walnuts. Paired with Cos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon, this was a delectable and romantic dinner for two.

Today, I am sharing my recipes for Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta and Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce. Be sure to watch the blog for the other recipes to come soon. I love cooking with fresh herbs, so you will find plenty in these dishes.

Let’s get to the recipes!

Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Barilla Angel Hair Pasta (amount according to package directions for two)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups – Heirloom Tomatoes (I used mini heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1/4 Cup – Shallot
  • 1 to 2 Cloves – Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Chives
  • 1  Tablespoon – Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon – Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Bring water to a boil. Chop Heirloom Tomatoes into bite-sized chunks. Finely dice Shallots. Mince Garlic. Tear or chop Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley. Chop Chives. Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Olive Oil, shallots, and garlic until translucent, add tomatoes. Let tomatoes cook down a bit. Add cooked pasta. Salt and Pepper to taste. Toss pasta with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley and chives). Toss to mix well. Serve immediately.

 

Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons – Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons – Shallot
  • 2 Cloves – Garlic
  • Mushrooms (I used Crimini Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 Cup – Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)
  • 1/4 Cup – Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons – Fresh Chives
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons – Fresh Tarragon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

Dice Shallots. Slice and chop Mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop Parsley, Chives, and Tarragon. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Shallot, and Garlic until translucent. (I used the same pan I cooked my filet mignon in for extra flavor). Add mushrooms (do not over crowd). When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chicken Stock. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce sauce a bit. Add fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon). Spoon over filet mignon or your choice of  meat or pasta.

 

 

The Perfect Pairing

Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon was the perfect pairing for our date night dinner. The elegant, romantic, and fruity wine brings together the best of two worlds — the French way of making wine under the California sun. Clos du Bois wines are well-balanced, intense, and true to varietal character, a premium vintage at an unbelievable value.

For you wine connoisseurs, the medium bodied cabernet sauvignon has a fruit forward with balanced oak character. Flavors of ripe, moderately fleshy blackberry, plum, black cherry, licorice, with rich round tannins, moderate oak spice, balanced acidity, hint of oak, and coffee with supple tannins. The smooth varietal offers up-front fruit that continues through to finish.

In short, this wine pairs beautifully with pasta and meat and is perfect for holiday entertaining of any kind. Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic selection with these recipes.

 

Printable Recipes just for you!

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Heirloom Tomato Angel Hair Pasta
 
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Heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and Angel Hair pasta make a perfect bed for flavorful and tender filet mignon. A fabulous and romantic dinner for two.
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Type: main
Ingredients:
  • Angel Hair Pasta (amount according to package directions for two)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 Cups - Heirloom Tomatoes (I used mini heirloom tomatoes)
  • 1/4 Cup - Shallot
  • 1 to 2 Cloves - Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Chives
  • 1 Tablespoon - Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon - Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Chop Heirloom Tomatoes into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Finely dice Shallots.
  4. Mince Garlic.
  5. Tear or chop Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley.
  6. Chop Chives.
  7. Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to package directions.
  8. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Olive Oil, shallots, and garlic until translucent.
  9. Add tomatoes.
  10. Let tomatoes cook down a bit. Add cooked pasta.
  11. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  12. Toss pasta with the tomato sauce.
  13. Sprinkle with fresh herbs (parsley and chives).
  14. Toss to mix well.
  15. Serve immediately.
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Mushroom Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce
 
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A flavorful sauce with mushrooms, cabernet sauvignon, and fresh herbs, fantastic with filet mignon, other meats, and pasta. A perfect sauce for holiday entertaining or date night.
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Type: Syrups / Sauces /Marinades
Ingredients:
  • 2-3 Tablespoons - Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons - Shallot
  • 2 Cloves - Garlic
  • Mushrooms (I used Crimini Mushrooms)
  • 1/4 Cup - Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine)
  • 1/4 Cup - Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons - Fresh Chives
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons - Fresh Tarragon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Dice Shallots. Slice and chop Mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Mince Garlic. Chop Parsley, Chives, and Tarragon. In a saucepan, sauté Butter, Shallot, and Garlic until translucent. (I used the same pan I cooked my filet mignon in for extra flavor). Add mushrooms (do not over crowd). When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, pour in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chicken Stock. Salt and Pepper to taste. Reduce sauce a bit. Add fresh herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon). Spoon over filet mignon or your choice of meat or pasta.
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Holiday Entertaining

Barilla pasta and Clos du Bois wines are easily found in the pasta and wine aisles. Be sure to pick some up for your holiday entertaining, or date night romance.

If you are looking for more recipes and ideas, you can Make Dinner the Talk of the Table. Or, find additional recipe inspiration here. You can also follow @BarillaUS on Twitter and Instagram, as well as on Pinterest and Facebook. Clos du Bois would love to see you on Facebook and Pinterest and @ClosduBois on Twitter.

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Going Gluten Free

Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward, shares her thoughts on Going Gluten Free.

Going Gluten Free

Practical Tips for the Lost Shopper

In recent weeks, we have started taking my son to a new psychologist. Finally we have found someone that knows how to work with children! In our former home, my son’s therapist had an office so geared towards middle age men that I held my breathe every time we went. The dude had so many World War 2 model airplanes that I felt like I was in a history museum. Can you guess what my little one went straight for every time we were there? Yep…Not a great scenario.

So, when we walked into this new doctor’s office, it didn’t take us long to feel right at home. She likes to focus on play therapy and as many natural solutions as possible when treating children. So, it came as no surprise when she suggested putting my sweetie on a gluten free diet.

The idea of using a gluten free diet as part of the treatment regime for Autism and ADHD is not new to me. I’ve read about it in the past and even played around with the idea of trying it. However, laziness always got the better of me. When a doctor tells you to do something though, it seems to carry more weight, at least in my mind. SO….let the GF journey begin.

Alright, I’m ready. Where should I start? I know! I’ll run to the store and see what they have! Okay, I’m back from the store. What a waste of time! They had an eight foot section filled with GF items, and I did get a few things, but for the most part…it was junk food. So now, I’m gonna do what I do best, research the internet tirelessly.

I posted a question to my Facebook friends asking for their best tips. I know quite a few of them have had to cut out gluten for various reasons. My favorite suggestions came from my niece. She suggested that I take my son to the store and turn him loose in the produce section. Let him pick the fruits and veggie he loves. Second, she said to let him pick out his favorite ingredients for trail mix. Then let him put everything together. He’d be more likely to eat it if it was his project from start to finish. Lastly, she said to learn to make my own corn tortillas and whip up some PB&J quesadillas. Thankfully, we are so close to Mexico that finding fresh corn tortillas is not a problem.

Another amazing resource I found was the Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation. Through some playing around on their website, I found a handy little diet guide. It is geared towards children that have been newly diagnosed with celiac disease. However, gluten free is gluten free. You can find their GF eating guide here.

Here are some basic tips to help you get started on your own journey without gluten.

1) There are some obvious things to avoid, so avoid them. This includes wheat, barley, semolina, bran, and couscous, just to name a few.

2) And, there’s some not so obvious things to avoid. These were my main concerns. Everyone fears the unknown, right? These include communion wafers, candy, lunch meat, store bought pasta sauces, soy sauce, lip balm, and play dough.

3) There are still tons of grains and starches that are good! Things like quinoa, potato flour, arrowroot, and corn.

4) As part of their GF diet guide, the CDHNF has added an extremely helpful shopping list. One of the things I worried most about taking gluten off the list was the expense. And, yes, if I choose to buy the bulk of my groceries off of that small eight foot section at our super market, our grocery budget would skyrocket. But, this list is a great reassurance that a GF diet is totally doable. They issue some words of caution though. Be very careful when buying processed cheeses and flavored chips.

5) When shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store. This is great advice for anyone trying to eat healthier. Start with produce, then meat, and lastly dairy. Most dairy and meat is safe. Just remember to avoid processed products or products that have been pre-flavored.

6) When shopping the interior aisles remember to stick with items made from rice or corn. This is helpful when buying tortillas and noodles. Get some yummy corn tortillas! And, no need to buy pricey noodles from the gluten free section, get some rice noodle from the Asian section.

Going GF is going to take more planning, and definitely more prep for meals, but it doesn’t look nearly as daunting as it did when I first learned it was our future. Do you have some great suggestions? Feel free to comment below or hit me up on Facebook!

Visit Deborah at her blog, Kentucky to Cali!

 

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